The perfect romantic getaway varies greatly depending on the couple taking it, but these trips almost always include a stunning location, a few key indulgences, a bit of adventure, and a healthy dose of rest and relaxation. Scotland, a country famed for its wild, natural beauty, growing culinary scene and laid-back pace, offers all these elements and more to couples looking for a uniquely romantic getaway. When it comes to romantic accommodations, Connoisseurs Scotlandmember properties are as varied as the guests they attract; properties range from remote to city-centric, modern to historic, and over-the-top to cute and cozy for a match made in heaven.
The magical and wildly romantic Isle of Skye sets a dramatic backdrop for an amorous escape, and the luxurious seaside Kinloch Lodge provides the ideal getaway. Nestled at the foot of Kinloch Hill on the tranquil shoreline of the sea-loch Na Dal, the quaint lodge makes it easy for couples to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday modern life and unwind, relax and recharge with its “Romantic Escape” package.
The package includes two nights’ accommodations in a cozy guest room; three meals at the lodge’s acclaimed restaurant, including a special five-course dinner designed by chef Marcello Tully; a spa treatment each or a whisky tasting at Talisker distillery; and a relaxed, couple’s photo shoot in and around the stunning lochside gardens. Additional goodies include a bowl of decadent, Belgian-chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne and oysters delivered to the room.
Culture and style define the city of Glasgow, and One Devonshire Gardens at Hotel du Vin is set in one of its most stylish and romantic locations—a tree-lined terrace on the vibrant West End. This charming historic property occupies five townhouses built in 1886 and retains all its original features, including rich, oak-panelled walls, open fireplaces, sweeping staircases and gorgeous stained glass windows.
The house also boasts its own secret terraced garden…the ultimate in romance. Food lovers will be drawn to the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant, which serves up dishes that rely heavily on fresh, seasonal, locally sourced and organic produce. Before or after dinner, guests can visit the wine cellar with an incredible selection of 600 bins, and the whisky snug featuring over 300 whiskies. One Devonshire Garden’s Aristocratique Package has romance written all over it, featuring early check-in and late check-out, a three-course dinner, breakfast in bed and of course, champagne.
Couples looking to be pampered while on vacation will want to visit Stobo Castle, Scotland’s only destination health spa and hotel. Here luxury accommodations meet the latest in spa technology. Nested deep in the picturesque Scottish countryside, Stobo Castle offers the ultimate In romantic indulgence with its opulent Cashmere Suite, which features walls dressed in rich, claret-colored cashmere, a handcrafted limestone tub (weighing in at over a ton!), and a well-appointed lounge decked out in more cashmere and original Scottish art.
The room also comes with a celebratory bottle of Bollinger champagne and chocolates. Though leaving this room may prove difficult, couples who venture to the spa will find unique treatments such as a massage and chromo energetic hydro-bath ritual or an exotic milk bath paired with an anti-aging facial to help them feel relaxed and rejuvenated. Stobo’s Pure Spa Break includes two night’s accommodations (including the Cashmere Suite) and two spa treatments as well as meals, guided walks and activities.
Connoisseurs Scotland’s collection of 28 luxury accommodations includes city-center properties; country house hotels; exclusive-use properties; the ultimate luxury train, The Royal Scotsman; and the only cruise ship in the world with a Royal Warrant from HM The Queen, The Hebridean Princess. Seven of the members boast Michelin-starred restaurants, including the only two-starred restaurant in Scotland, which is found at Gleneagles.
Information on Connoisseurs Scotland, its member resorts, partners and special offers can be found at www.luxuryscotland.co.uk. In addition travelers can download the Luxury Scotland app, which provides news and offers from members, onto their iPhones or Droids.